Welcome to the Carlow Garden Trail

Carlow Garden Trail, South East Ireland

OPEN all year round, the Carlow Garden Trail currently features 21 different gardening attractions with an additional three gardens in the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wexford. The trail includes great old gardens that have been lovingly restored and maintained throughout the years, and smaller gardens which are maturing beautifully with time.

Award winning garden centres and forest parks complement the joy of a visit here. The Carlow Garden Trail ranges from small to very large gardens, garden centres and forest parks and from old to new, so there is something to stimulate both the novice and experienced gardener. Known for its mild and temperate climate, County Carlow in Ireland’s sunny South East is the ideal destination for your gardening trip.

Upcoming Events

Guided Tours of Altamont Gardens

Guided tours of the Snowdrop Collection in the Walled Gardens each Saturday from 8th-29th February at 2pm. Meeting point – Altamont Plant Sales. Admission free.

Snowdrop Gala & Other Spring Treasures

Explore the first flowers of Spring with Scottish and UK speakers Catherine Erskine and Ross Barbour/Helen Picton. Includes full guided tour of Altamont Gardens with Head Gardener Paul Cutler and Specialist Plant Fair in Altamont Plant Sales.

Garden, Woodland & Castle Tours at Huntington Castle [Weekends]

An original 17th century garden with charming woodland walks featuring snowdrops and spring plantings. Tours of castle also available (11am-4pm). Normal charges apply.

Garden Tours at Burtown House [Wednesday to Sunday]

Every Wednesday to Sunday from 1st February, 10.00am to 5.30pm. Admission: Adults €8; children €5 The Green Barn is open for brunch 10am-12pm, Lunch 12.30-15.30, Friday & Saturday night dinner 6.30pm-8.30pm. An extensive collection of snowdrops, aconites, hellebores and early bulbs.

Garden & Woodland Tours at Shankill Castle [Weekends]

Enjoy the woodland walks with a spectacular carpet of snowdrops, hellebores and early Spring bulbs. Admission: Adults €5. Group tickets, concessions and family tickets available. Entrance via front gate in Paulstown village.

Carlow Garden Festival

A Day with the Duckett’s


About Co. Carlow

Situated in the South East of Ireland, approximately 90km from the ferry and airports of Dublin, Rosslare and Waterford, Carlow is the ideal location for a gardening break. Its central location also offers the perfect base to explore the bordering counties of Wexford, Kilkenny, Wicklow, Kildare and Laois.


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Fuair an tionscnamh seo fóir-dheontas ó Coiste um Fhorbairt Pobail Aituil Cheatharlach, Clár Forbartha Tuaithe atá maoinithe ag Rialtas na hÉireann faoi Chlár Forbartha Tuaithe Éireann 2014-2020 agus ag Ciste Talamhaíochta na hEorpa d’Fhorbairt Tuaithe: infheistiú na hEorpa i Limistéir Tuaithe.

This project received grant aid from Carlow Local Community Development Committee under the Rural Development Programme Ireland 2014-2020 which is financed by the Irish Government and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in Rural Areas.